Find out if we’ve got your favourite pastime covered in our dedicated special interest holidays travel guide or just search for a few more ideas to help you have a really worthwhile week away rather than just a boring break at the beach. This page is all about what special interest holidays entail and how you can choose between small group and tailor made options to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.
Things to do in the Arctic
You'll keep fit and warm, and really get to appreciate the fantastic scenery that lies beneath the Northern Lights.
The snow-smothered Arctic landscapes can be explored on snowshoes, snowmobiles and 4x4s – but to really cover some ground without relying on noisy vehicles, one of our favourite things to do in the Arctic is cross-country skiing. Cruise around fells and glaciers for a few hours is a workout in itself, and a thrilling way to explore the scenery.
Our Northern Lights Holidays
Be pulled by huskies and reindeer
This classic winter activity is fabulous fun for kids and adults alike. Multi-day husky tours will teach you how to harness and drive your own team of dogs, as well as feed and settle them in a different spot each night. Shorter trails provide a fascinating introduction to sledding, with the silence of the snowy forests broken only by the swish of the sled runners. Reindeers play a pivotal role in Arctic life – youngsters will enjoy Santa-style sleigh rides, and visits to reindeer farms reveal fascinating insights into native Sami culture, as you discover how their life is intertwined with that of the reindeer. Reindeer and husky safaris are common things to do on holiday in Scandinavia, check with your tour company if you would like to try sledding in Iceland or Alaska.
This 300km loop from Reykjavik will delight anyone with an interest in volcanoes, waterfalls, geology, crazy landscapes and photography
Tour Iceland’s Golden Circle
The main highlights include the geothermally active valley at Haukadalur, which contains the Geysir and Strokkur geysers – Geysir gave its name to geysers worldwide. There is also the impressive Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park with its tectonic fissures, plus volcanic craters and a geothermal power plant.
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Get your facts right
From scientific explanations of charged particles, to ancient myths about sprinting foxes, the more you know about the Northern Lights, the more you’ll be able to appreciate them. There are many educational centres located around the aurora zone. Finland’s Aurora Kota has aurora projections, astronomy talks and local storytelling, while Reykjavik’s Northern Lights Center has an aurora experience room, interactive displays and tips on nighttime photography. Science fans can take a day trip to the Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden, which gathers information from its rockets and balloons. Visitors to Fairbanks should stop by the sound and light installation at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, and Norway’s Tromsø University Museum also has Northern Lights displays.
More about Northern Lights
Ever wondered when was the best time to see the Northern Lights? Whether you're heading to North America, Iceland or Scandinavia, we've checked out the best time for viewing the aurora borealis.
Mythical as they are magical, as elusive as they are ethereal, the Northern Lights - also known as the Aurora Borealis - are one of nature's most stunning spectacles.
Our guide to where to see the Northern Lights travels around the Arctic Circle - from Finland to Fairbanks, Lapland to Iceland.
The Northern Lights in Finland are as legendary as sleigh rides and Santa.
For winter visitors, Norway’s night sky can make for its most mesmerising moments.
Iceland has been shaped by nature's powerful forces and the Northern Lights add their dramatic paintbrush to its already colossal canvas...
It'll mean staying up past bedtime, of course - so seeing the Northern Lights with kids is sure to be a hit.
The holiday companies we work with have been travelling up to see the Northern Lights for many winters, and have discovered the top spots to see them and the best times of night for aurora shows.
Travelling responsibly may not spring to mind when planning a Northern Lights watching holiday, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it memorable for all the right reasons.